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Ten dead and dozens injured as train derails in Turkey

08 July 2018

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At least 10 people were killed and more than 70 injured on Sunday when multiple cars of a train derailed in western Turkey, a Turkish official said.

Five wagons came off the tracks in a region near the Greek border, according to state-run Anadolu agency.

Additionally, Turkish General Staff has also sent military helicopters to airlift the wounded passengers. "Many of those injured have been taken off the site", Mehmet Ceylan said.

'The accident happened because of adverse weather conditions, ' he added.

Reports said the surrounding area was muddy due to recent rains and the ground beneath the rails may have subsided away, causing the train to derail.

People and rescuers carry an injured woman after a train accident at Corlu district in Tekirdag, on 8 July, 2018.

President Recep Tayyip Erdogan's office said he had received information from the ministers of transport and interior about the incident, and sent condolences for those killed.

Later, the Ministry of Transport, Maritime Affairs and Communications said in a statement the accident occurred after the railway track slipped down from its original spot due to torrential rains.

Turkey´s rail network has been hit by several fatal accidents over the last years.

Ten dead and dozens injured as train derails in Turkey